Tag Archives: music

Why Listen Live?

The web is awash with good tunes. Musicians can have fans from Beirut to Boston without ever leaving their bedrooms; someone in Birmingham can be a star in Bahrain. But for all the connections to be made online, there’s one you can only find live. See, streaming a song is a one way transaction. The […]

Fred Clark (Review)

Fred Clark must be one of the hardest working musicians in Kent. He’s played nearly ninety gigs this year, as well as writing, performing, and self-producing his new album, Stay Smiling. He plays an inoffensive type of acoustic pop, influenced by artists such as Jack Johnson, Newton Faulkner, and Pink, though the first thing I […]

WinterKids Discontent

WinterKids came charging out of Surrey during the indie explosion in the mid-noughties, immediately creating the kind of industry buzz that every band dreams of. Their guitarist, Bradley Osborne, remembers one biz type congratulating them, “’you’ve done really well guys,’ he said, ‘you’re in the top one percent. Now you just need to be in […]

Musical Fiction / Fictional Music

Fake bands and musicians abound in literature. Sometimes they help a writer create a sense of verisimilitude in an otherwise foreign setting, for example, the characters in Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange listen to invented bands (The Heaven Seventeen, Johnny Zhivago, Googly Gogol), as well as recognizable names like Beethoven, thereby making the picture of […]

Revolution in the Bedroom

Skinny B is a DJ and producer, specialising in the creation of lo-fi hip-hop and skewed electronica. When he’s not in the studio, or spinning tunes at The Rafters and Drakes, he’s scouring the internet for music for his monthly podcast, Scratch the Surface. I joined him in his studio, Da Bomb Factory, to talk […]

The Rafters (Review)

Created with the kind of “let’s put on a show” energy unseen outside of a Cliff Richards musical, The Rafters is a new music venue in Maidstone that’s quickly made a name for itself as the place to go on a Saturday night, dragging in alternative types from around the town, and making people of […]